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Graphic Design & Visual Communication

The Graphic Design certificates focus on professional design and production for printed and digitally published materials including brochures, newsletters, ads, books, and other publications. Learn the most effective use of graphic design skills for any graphic design project on the job, for your portfolio, to promote your business or for personal projects.

Graphic Design and Visual Communication - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

Explore the language of visual communication by looking at design's rich history. Topics covered include the development of visual communications from the earliest pictographs to the work of contemporary designers and illustrators. Students complete a design project by the last class. Note: Equipment and materials cost about $25; a materials list will be available the first day of class. Suggested text: A History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs. Prerequisite: None. Suggested: 55101.

Section Spring 1

55321
$269
4/20/20 - 4/27/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Kevin Glasgow
CE South Building

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Build on the design principles introduced in the introductory class. Learn effective visual communication through the use of marketing standards, color, creativity and graphic style. Estimating, art direction and working with clients and vendors are also addressed. Students complete comprehensive layouts for a project of their choice. Equipment and materials cost about $25. A materials list will be available the first day of class. Prerequisite: Graphic Design I or equivalent experience.

Section Spring 2

55102
$269
4/21/20 - 4/28/20
Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM and Thu, Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Zac Van Note
CE South Building

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Explore the process of designing a website, including conceptualizing, structuring, and applying design principles to create visually appealing and highly usable solutions. With an emphasis on design principles and information architecture best practices, topics include setting up a site map, designing an interface, and creating comprehensive storyboards. Prerequisites: 55101 or equivalent experience and working knowledge of the Internet.

Section Spring 1

55125
$269
5/4/20 - 5/11/20
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM and Wed, Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Denise Weaver Ross
CE South Building

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Learn to create effective layouts for any graphic design project. Discover the principles of design for clear and attractive visual communication. Topics include an introduction to advertising, publication, and web design; logos; layout; typography; and color theory. Note: Equipment and materials cost about $25; a materials list will be available the first day of class. Prerequisite: None.

Section Summer 1

55101
$269
6/2/20 - 6/9/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Zac Van Note
CE South Building

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Build on the design principles introduced in Graphic Design I. Learn how to create effective visual communication through the use of marketing standards, color, creativity and graphic style. Estimating, art direction and working with clients and vendors are also addressed. Students complete comprehensive layouts for a project of their choice. Equipment and materials cost about $25. A materials list will be available the first day of class. Prerequisite: Graphic Design I or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

55102
$269
7/7/20 - 7/14/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Zac Van Note
CE South Building

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Develop a foundation in freehand drawing that will enhance your abilities in any visual communication project. Learn perspective drawing, how to use line, value, contrast, light and shadow to capture simple and complex shapes. You'll also learn portrait illustration techniques to create professional black and white illustration to final rendering using media such as pencil, pen and ink, and gouache. Note: Equipment and materials cost approximately $25. A materials list will be included on your registration receipt. Please bring these materials to the first class session.

Section Summer 1

55201
$269
8/1/20 - 8/15/20
Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Thomas Gagliano
CE South Building

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Adobe Creative Suite - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

Are you switching to InDesign? Do you have experience with PageMaker, Publisher, or QuarkXPress? Do you need to get up and running quickly? Get a fast‐paced introduction to all the basic InDesign tools and techniques. We cover character formatting, working with blocks of text, creating and working with simple graphics, as well as importing text and graphics from other applications. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of any page layout software.

Section Spring 1

56126
$269
4/18/20
Sat 8:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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Use Adobe Illustrator to create vector art in both color and black and white. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including geometric and freeform drawing tools, transformation tools and path editing, paint and type tools, and exporting art for output. Special emphasis is given to the ways Illustrator facilitates drawing. Prerequisite: Familiarity and some practice with Illustrator.

Section Spring 1

56219
$269
5/9/20
Sat 8:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM
Thomas Gagliano
CE South Building

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Adobe created this outstanding Creative Suite of programs: InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, Dreamweaver CC, Flash Professional CC, Bridge and Acrobat. This class is designed to provide a hands‐on overview of these programs in order to help you make the most of your creative ideas. Whether you're using Mac or Windows, discover how the Adobe Creative Suite of programs allows you to design beautiful layouts, create great illustrations, edit your photos, build websites, work with interactive animations, optimize graphics and more. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience.

Section Summer 1

56005
$195
6/6/20 - 6/13/20
Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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Explore the differences between raster and vector graphics and determine which is best for each project. Understand key file formats such as TIFF, JPEG, EPS, PDF, native, RAW data, and discover how they import work within Adobe and other software programs. Additional topics include RGB, CMYK, spot and Web color systems, and digital camera resolution conversions. This course provides important foundation information for all graphics software used in digital arts. Prerequisite: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience.

Section Summer 1

56101
$269
6/15/20 - 6/19/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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Use Adobe Illustrator to create vector art in both color and black and white. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including geometric and freeform drawing tools, transformation tools and path editing, paint and type tools, and exporting art for output. Special emphasis is given to the ways Illustrator facilitates drawing. Prerequisite: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience. Suggested: 56101.

Section Summer 2

56211
$269
6/23/20 - 6/30/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Thomas Gagliano
CE South Building

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With Adobe Photoshop you can do everything from retouching photos to creating original illustrations and collages with raster images. Apply lighting and color corrections and correct lens distortions to enhance your photos. Learn about the importance of camera RAW files and how to process them. Use the retouching tools, painting techniques and basic filters to improve or alter your photos. Additional topics include file formats, working with type, using Adobe Bridge, and an introduction to basic selections and layers. Prerequisite: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience. Suggested: 56101.

Section Summer 1

56311
$269
6/23/20 - 6/30/20
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Mary Elkins
CE South Building

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Learn cutting‐edge page layout with Adobe InDesign. Get an introduction to how a page layout program works and learn the basic tools and techniques. We cover character formatting, editing and linking text blocks, and importing text and graphics from other applications. In‐class exercises emphasize the basic principles of typography and page layout. Prerequisites: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience. Suggested: 56101.

Section Summer 1

56121
$325
7/6/20 - 7/10/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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Refine your InDesign skills with in‐depth use of text and graphics, including tools for paragraph formatting, tabs, paragraph and character styles, text wrap, and working with imported graphics. We also focus on working with multi‐page layouts, including Master Pages, automatic page numbering, and the Pages palette. Students work on a newsletter in class. Basic preparation of your document for a commercial printer will be discussed. Prerequisite: 56121 or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

56122
$325
7/13/20 - 7/20/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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Learn advanced selection methods to selectively adjust images. Work with a variety of layer techniques to combine, enhance, and transform your images. Organize and cross‐index your image collection with Bridge. Learn about color modes, photo touchup and restoration techniques. In addition, further explore the power of Adobe Camera Raw. Prerequisite: 56311 or 56331 or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

56312
$269
7/29/20 - 8/5/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Mary Elkins
CE South Building

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Graphic Design Certificates

Prerequisite Computer Classes (Choose 1 As Needed)
Class Name

Learn the basic functions of the latest Windows operating system and how to customize its setup. Work with files and folders, shortcuts and properties. Resize windows, use the taskbar, start menu and recycle bin, and get an introduction to shortcuts. In addition, explore popular software and get started with launching programs. Note: See Course Skills Assessment. Prerequisite: 51010 or basic computer experience.

51101 | $269

Windows: Beginning - Spring 1

4/23/20 - 4/30/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Bryan O'Neill
CE South Building

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GGet hands‐on training with the Mac's latest user‐friendly operating system. Learn the basics of file management, navigating the Finder, setting up the Dock, customizing preferences, creating and saving files and backing up your computer. Become familiar with the concepts of peripherals, utility applications and cloud computing with iCloud. Note: http://ce.unm.edu/assets/pdf/digital‐arts/digital‐arts‐course‐skills‐assessment.pdf?utm_source=lumens&utm_medium=course‐description&utm_campaign=da‐skills‐assessment. Prerequisite: 54010 or equivalent experience.

54101 | $269

Mac OS X: Beginning - Summer 1

6/15/20 - 6/19/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Bryan O'Neill
CE South Building

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Learn the basic functions of the latest Windows operating system and how to customize its setup. Work with files and folders, shortcuts and properties. Resize windows, use the taskbar, start menu and recycle bin, and get an introduction to shortcuts. In addition, explore popular software and get started with launching programs. Note: See Course Skills Assessment. Prerequisite: 51010 or basic computer experience.

51101 | $269

Windows: Beginning - Summer1

6/22/20 - 6/26/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Bryan O'Neill
CE South Building

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Or basic computer experience
Design Classes (5)
Class Name

Explore the language of visual communication by looking at design's rich history. Topics covered include the development of visual communications from the earliest pictographs to the work of contemporary designers and illustrators. Students complete a design project by the last class. Note: Equipment and materials cost about $25; a materials list will be available the first day of class. Suggested text: A History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs. Prerequisite: None. Suggested: 55101.

55321 | $269

History of Graphic Design - Spring 1

4/20/20 - 4/27/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Kevin Glasgow
CE South Building

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Build on the design principles introduced in the introductory class. Learn effective visual communication through the use of marketing standards, color, creativity and graphic style. Estimating, art direction and working with clients and vendors are also addressed. Students complete comprehensive layouts for a project of their choice. Equipment and materials cost about $25. A materials list will be available the first day of class. Prerequisite: Graphic Design I or equivalent experience.

55102 | $269

Graphic Design II - Spring 2

4/21/20 - 4/28/20
Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM and Thu, Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Zac Van Note
CE South Building

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Learn to create effective layouts for any graphic design project. Discover the principles of design for clear and attractive visual communication. Topics include an introduction to advertising, publication, and web design; logos; layout; typography; and color theory. Note: Equipment and materials cost about $25; a materials list will be available the first day of class. Prerequisite: None.

55101 | $269

Graphic Design I - Summer 1

6/2/20 - 6/9/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Zac Van Note
CE South Building

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Build on the design principles introduced in Graphic Design I. Learn how to create effective visual communication through the use of marketing standards, color, creativity and graphic style. Estimating, art direction and working with clients and vendors are also addressed. Students complete comprehensive layouts for a project of their choice. Equipment and materials cost about $25. A materials list will be available the first day of class. Prerequisite: Graphic Design I or equivalent experience.

55102 | $269

Graphic Design II - Summer 1

7/7/20 - 7/14/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Zac Van Note
CE South Building

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Develop a foundation in freehand drawing that will enhance your abilities in any visual communication project. Learn perspective drawing, how to use line, value, contrast, light and shadow to capture simple and complex shapes. You'll also learn portrait illustration techniques to create professional black and white illustration to final rendering using media such as pencil, pen and ink, and gouache. Note: Equipment and materials cost approximately $25. A materials list will be included on your registration receipt. Please bring these materials to the first class session.

55201 | $269

Drawing to Illustration Basics - Summer 1

8/1/20 - 8/15/20
Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Thomas Gagliano
CE South Building

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Choose 1:
Class Name

Explore the process of designing a website, including conceptualizing, structuring, and applying design principles to create visually appealing and highly usable solutions. With an emphasis on design principles and information architecture best practices, topics include setting up a site map, designing an interface, and creating comprehensive storyboards. Prerequisites: 55101 or equivalent experience and working knowledge of the Internet.

55125 | $269

Designing for the Web - Spring 1

5/4/20 - 5/11/20
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM and Wed, Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Denise Weaver Ross
CE South Building

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Business Class (1)
Class Name

When working with digital imagery, it's important to have an understanding of the legal principles and issues that affect your work. Gain the tools to recognize legal problems and address them appropriately. Topics include contracts for professional services, copyright, model releases, licensing, trademarks, rights of publicity and privacy, First Amendment issues, business formation, determining when to hire a lawyer and more. Prerequisite: None.

55625 | $225

Legal Issues in Visual Arts - Summer 1

7/11/20
Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
To be Announced
CE South Building

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Computer Classes (6)
Class Name

Explore the differences between raster and vector graphics and determine which is best for each project. Understand key file formats such as TIFF, JPEG, EPS, PDF, native, RAW data, and discover how they import work within Adobe and other software programs. Additional topics include RGB, CMYK, spot and Web color systems, and digital camera resolution conversions. This course provides important foundation information for all graphics software used in digital arts. Prerequisite: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience.

56101 | $269

Computer Graphics: Raster and Vector Art - Summer 1

6/15/20 - 6/19/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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Use Adobe Illustrator to create vector art in both color and black and white. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including geometric and freeform drawing tools, transformation tools and path editing, paint and type tools, and exporting art for output. Special emphasis is given to the ways Illustrator facilitates drawing. Prerequisite: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience. Suggested: 56101.

56211 | $269

Illustrator: Beginning - Summer 2

6/23/20 - 6/30/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Thomas Gagliano
CE South Building

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With Adobe Photoshop you can do everything from retouching photos to creating original illustrations and collages with raster images. Apply lighting and color corrections and correct lens distortions to enhance your photos. Learn about the importance of camera RAW files and how to process them. Use the retouching tools, painting techniques and basic filters to improve or alter your photos. Additional topics include file formats, working with type, using Adobe Bridge, and an introduction to basic selections and layers. Prerequisite: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience. Suggested: 56101.

56311 | $269

Photoshop: Beginning - Summer 1

6/23/20 - 6/30/20
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Mary Elkins
CE South Building

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Learn cutting‐edge page layout with Adobe InDesign. Get an introduction to how a page layout program works and learn the basic tools and techniques. We cover character formatting, editing and linking text blocks, and importing text and graphics from other applications. In‐class exercises emphasize the basic principles of typography and page layout. Prerequisites: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience. Suggested: 56101.

56121 | $325

InDesign: Beginning - Summer 1

7/6/20 - 7/10/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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Refine your InDesign skills with in‐depth use of text and graphics, including tools for paragraph formatting, tabs, paragraph and character styles, text wrap, and working with imported graphics. We also focus on working with multi‐page layouts, including Master Pages, automatic page numbering, and the Pages palette. Students work on a newsletter in class. Basic preparation of your document for a commercial printer will be discussed. Prerequisite: 56121 or equivalent experience.

56122 | $325

InDesign: Intermediate - Summer 1

7/13/20 - 7/20/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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Choose 1:
Class Name

Certificate Total: $2,934 for 106 Hours

Prerequisite Classes (As Needed)
Graphic Design Certificate Level 1 courses, as needed, or equivalent experience
Design Classes (3)
Class Name
Choose 2
Class Name

Photo 1 covers the basics of successfully taking good photos. But what makes a good photo? The class starts with a focus on the exposure triangle, which consists of aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and how using these settings correctly makes for exact exposure, but also opens a world of creative control over your images. It then covers depth of field, white balance, and the basic elements of photographic composition. We move from using natural light to an introduction of studio lighting. Reviewing the work of master photographers gives creative input to your own practice. Bring your digital camera and extra batteries to class.

55801 | $269

Photography I - Spring 2

4/20/20 - 4/27/20
Mon, Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Reinhard Lorenz
CE South Building

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Explore the process of designing a website, including conceptualizing, structuring, and applying design principles to create visually appealing and highly usable solutions. With an emphasis on design principles and information architecture best practices, topics include setting up a site map, designing an interface, and creating comprehensive storyboards. Prerequisites: 55101 or equivalent experience and working knowledge of the Internet.

55125 | $269

Designing for the Web - Spring 1

5/4/20 - 5/11/20
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM and Wed, Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Denise Weaver Ross
CE South Building

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Photo 1 covers the basics of successfully taking good photos. But what makes a good photo? The class starts with a focus on the exposure triangle, which consists of aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and how using these settings correctly makes for exact exposure, but also opens a world of creative control over your images. It then covers depth of field, white balance, and the basic elements of photographic composition. We move from using natural light to an introduction of studio lighting. Reviewing the work of master photographers gives creative input to your own practice. Prerequisite: None.Prerequisite: None. NOTE: Bring your digital camera and extra batteries to class.

55801 | $269

Photography I - Summer 1

6/6/20 - 6/20/20
Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Pat Berrett
CE South Building

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Business Classes (2)
Class Name
Choose 1:
Any 5- or 7-hour Business, Marketing, Social Media course.
Computer Classes (7)
Class Name
Choose 6:
Class Name

Learn advanced selection methods to selectively adjust images. Work with a variety of layer techniques to combine, enhance, and transform your images. Organize and cross‐index your image collection with Bridge. Learn about color modes, photo touchup and restoration techniques. In addition, further explore the power of Adobe Camera Raw. Prerequisite: 56311 or 56331 or equivalent experience.

56312 | $269

Photoshop: Intermediate - Summer 1

7/29/20 - 8/5/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Mary Elkins
CE South Building

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Delve deeper into the creative power and the productive rewards of computer illustration. Topics include creating and using gradients, advanced type use, an in-depth look at Illustrator's color controls, and plug-in filters. Several illustrations and single-page displays are presented for use in class. Prerequisite: 56211 or equivalent experience.

56212 | TBA

Illustrator: Intermediate

TBA

This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Registration Office for more information.

Navigate Photoshop like the pros! Discover advanced techniques for enhancing photographs and compositing images, advanced use of layers (layer masks, layer comps, smart objects, smart filters), advanced selections and special effects with channels, automating and batch processing. The course includes exercises in enhancing a variety of images and creating complex collage-based art. Prerequisite: 56312.

56313 | TBA

Photoshop: Advanced

TBA

This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Registration Office for more information.

Increase your InDesign efficiency, and learn professional page layout tricks. Create long documents quickly using multiple Master Pages, sectioning, table of contents and index creation tools, and multi-file books. Data merge, libraries, Bezier drawing tools, tables, advanced typography techniques, an in-depth use of color, and prepress features are also covered. Prerequisite: 56122.

56123 | TBA

InDesign: Advanced

TBA

This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Registration Office for more information.

Advance your skills to cutting edge communication design projects. Learn techniques that will optimize your designs with quicker setups, object management, and best practices for adding images and type. Refine your long document skills with an in-depth study of character and paragraph styles, table of contents creation, complex text wraps and automating files. Use special effects, manage complex paths and learn about snippets and libraries. Get ready for professional printing with preflight and package options. Prerequisite: 56123.

56124 | TBA

InDesign: Expert

TBA

This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Registration Office for more information.

Learn advanced computer illustration techniques such as blending, masking, compound paths, pattern fills, importing art from other programs, and using layers. Discuss advanced output topics, including trapping and separations. Students practice putting these techniques together to create complex illustrations. Prerequisite: 56212.

56213 | TBA

Illustrator: Advanced

TBA

This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Registration Office for more information.
Elective (1)
Any 9-hour Digital Arts course (54000-59999)

Certificate Total: $2,881-2,997 for 106-108 Hours

Downloads:
Download Graphic Design I & II Certificate Flyer


All Digital Arts programs are designed to prepare students for an internship, entry-level employment or business.

Half-time to full-time students should be able to complete one master certificate in two semesters or fewer. A schedule of 12 or more classes in a semester is full-time. Six classes is half-time.


About The Graphic Design & Visual Communication Curriculum

Our Graphic Design certificate program offers curriculum in graphic design theory and related software. Basic design principles are covered in course 55101 Graphic Design I. This class provides the foundation for all other Graphic Design courses. Basic understanding of computer graphics software, including an overview of raster and vector graphics, is covered in 56101 Computer Graphics: Raster and Vector Art. This class is a prerequisite to all other computer graphics courses. We recommend taking these two classes early in your curriculum.


Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance may be available if you are unemployed, a veteran or veteran’s spouse, or a person with a disability. Other options include education loans. For more funding options, and contact information, please visit our Loans and Financial Aid page.


UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty & Retirees: You may use your Professional Development Tuition Remission for Graphic Design & Visual Communication classes.

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